It’s the ECB’s Women’s Cricket Month so we felt it more than appropriate to celebrate the success of some of our very own.
Heading up the honours list is Katie Levick who is our marketing and social media manager (pictured with kit supplied by our partners Gray-Nicolls). Simply put, Katie is the all-time leading wicket taker in Women’s County cricket. But the accolades don’t stop there. Katie was the Guardians Womens Cricketer of the Year 2019 and in the same year she was the leading, non-international wicket taker in the Kia Super League. A fantastic achievement capped off with the Guardians award which was presented to her at the Yorkshire Gala dinner 2019 in front of her colleagues.
As a company we couldn’t be prouder of Katies achievements that have stretched over 15 years. With a biased view, if Katie would have come into the game during the recent surge in professional development she could well have worn an England shirt for many years. Mirroring our coaching philosophy, Katie has an individual technique and bowling action which she has mastered over years of practice. Always playing the game with a smile on her face, its easy to see why Katie is (self-proclaimed) ‘everyone’s favourite diamond’.
Courtney Winfield-Hill is a name most of you will know through her coaching efforts on our courses. Courtney’s brilliance and infectious enthusiasm have been rewarded with a full time coaching role within the Northern Diamonds set up at Yorkshire. We wish her all the very best in her new venture, we know Yorkshire Women’s Cricket is in good hands with her around. It won’t mean the end for Courtney & Pro Coach, as soon as things settle down and the winter coaching programmes are under way we will be delighted to see her again. Of course we can’t mention Courtney without mentioning her wife Lauren Winfield-Hill, who many of you will know as an accomplished England cricketer and World Cup winner. Lauren has coached on many Master Classes with us over the years, as well as joining Yorkshire Cricket College sessions to provide our students with the opportunity to bowl at an international player. She is currently in the England squad taking on the West Indies in a 5 match IT20 series.
Following in Courtney’s footsteps on the coaching front are Northern Diamonds Cricketers Rachel Slater and Ella Telford who have both hit the ground running in their coaching careers with us this summer. Rachel has been around a while now and was part of the 2018 Sri Lanka Tour led by our Director of Coaching, Matt Green. We look forward to them joining our courses to pass on their invaluable experience from their summer once our winter courses are underway.
Rachel, Katie and Courtney all travel to Edgbaston this weekend in the Northern Diamonds attempt to win the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy on Sunday, which is being shown live on Sky Sports. We wish you all the best and hope you bring the trophy back up the M1 on Monday.
The successes in the female ranks from this troubled summer don’t stop there. Three Yorkshire Cricket College students (coached by Pro Coach) made their senior County debuts this season. Jess Woolston, Grace Hall and Phoebe Turner all played for the Yorkshire Women’s 1st team this summer and have fantastic potential to join the likes of Rachel, Ella and Katie in the years to come. For all three players to make their debuts this summer is a just reward for their dedication and efforts over the last 12 months since joining the college. Our heartfelt thanks to all of the coaches who have helped along the way.
It’s impossible not to mention a former employee and Pro Coach coach who is now employed by YCCC in a vital role as Cricket Operations Manager. Cecilia Allen worked full time for Pro Coach almost 7 years ago in the companies infancy in an administrative capacity and has coached with us ever since. Cecilia is now a vital off the field cog at YCCC ensuring the playing and coaching staff are well supported. Cecilia is proof that a career in cricket doesn’t always have to mean playing cricket, having represented her adopted county in years gone by. We now wish Cecilia all the best in looking after things professionally off the field for many years to come.
This very strange season can all end on a massive high for the Northern Diamonds with victory on Sunday. On behalf of us all, good luck!